Superior Donuts

Superior Donuts

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Superior Donuts is a comedy about the owner of a small donut shop that's located in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. Arthur is a gruff, to-the-point Chicagoan who refuses to sell newfangled cronuts and macchiatos or renovate his dated shop that hasn't changed since it opened in 1969. That all changes when enterprising go-getter Franco fast-talks his way into Arthur's life as his new (and only) employee, and convinces him that he can bring the shop - and Arthur - into the 21st century. Arthur's supportive regulars include loyal patron Randy, a cop whose late father was Arthur's best friend; her overeager rookie partner, James; Tush, a colorful customer who uses the shop counter as a makeshift office, where he keeps tabs on a variety of odd jobs via fax machine; Maya, a privileged grad-school student working on her Ph. D; and Sweatpants, Franco's longtime friend who's willing to dress as a donut to help drum up more business. Looking to cash in on the urban renewal is Arthur's over-caffeinated neighbor, aspiring real estate capitalist Fawz, who pushes Arthur on a daily basis to sell the building to him. With his business in jeopardy, Arthur grudgingly realizes that he had better embrace the change around him and that Franco could be exactly what he - and the donut shop - need to thrive. Based on the play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning writer Tracy Letts.
Superior Donuts is a comedy about the owner of a small donut shop that's located in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. Arthur is a gruff, to-the-point Chicagoan who refuses to sell newfangled cronuts and macchiatos or renovate his dated shop that hasn't changed since it opened in 1969. That all changes when enterprising go-getter Franco fast-talks his way into Arthur's life as his new (and only) employee, and convinces him that he can bring the shop - and Arthur - into the 21st century. Arthur's supportive regulars include loyal patron Randy, a cop whose late father was Arthur's best friend; her overeager rookie partner, James; Tush, a colorful customer who uses the shop counter as a makeshift office, where he keeps tabs on a variety of odd jobs via fax machine; Maya, a privileged grad-school student working on her Ph. D; and Sweatpants, Franco's longtime friend who's willing to dress as a donut to help drum up more business. Looking to cash in on the urban renewal is Arthur's over-caffeinated neighbor, aspiring real estate capitalist Fawz, who pushes Arthur on a daily basis to sell the building to him. With his business in jeopardy, Arthur grudgingly realizes that he had better embrace the change around him and that Franco could be exactly what he - and the donut shop - need to thrive. Based on the play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning writer Tracy Letts.

Season 2 (21 episodes)

  • 1. What The Truck?

    Original air date: 10/30/2017 Runtime: 21:20 min.

    Original air date: 10/30/2017 Runtime: 21:20 min. Arthur's business is threatened when Sofia (Diane Guerrero), an ambitious young entrepreneur, parks her organic food truck in front of the donut shop, becoming a hit with his customers and catching Franco’s eye. Also, Franco grows frustrated trying to follow his dream of going to college.

  • 2. Is There a Problem, Officer?

    Original air date: 11/06/2017 Runtime: 21:32 min.

    Original air date: 11/06/2017 Runtime: 21:32 min. When a video surfaces of Randy being aggressive during a traffic stop, Franco begins to question her capabilities as a police officer. To prove that Randy is a good cop, Arthur agrees to Franco's request to tail her while she's on duty, and the night takes a dramatic turn.

  • 3. Brotégé

    Original air date: 11/13/2017 Runtime: 21:24 min.

    Original air date: 11/13/2017 Runtime: 21:24 min. Franco signs up to be a Big Brother but is disappointed when the kid, Andre (Jailen Bates), bonds more with Arthur than him.

  • 4. Thanks for Nothing

    Original air date: 11/20/2017 Runtime: 21:30 min.

    Original air date: 11/20/2017 Runtime: 21:30 min. When Franco decides to host an orphans' Thanksgiving at the donut shop, he encourages Arthur to invite his daughter, Lucy (Annie Mumolo), but Arthur will only agree if Franco invites his own estranged family member, his father, Reggie (Cedric the Entertainer).

  • 5. Flour Power

    Original air date: 11/27/2017 Runtime: 21:27 min.

    Original air date: 11/27/2017 Runtime: 21:27 min. After a fed-up Franco fires Arthur’s longtime flour supplier for making offensive comments, Franco vows to find a more principled replacement, but the task proves more challenging than expected. Also, Randy reluctantly agrees to let Tush crash at her place when he rents his apartment during Pride Weekend to make extra cash.

  • 6. Error of Admission

    Original air date: 12/04/2017 Runtime: 21:29 min.

    Original air date: 12/04/2017 Runtime: 21:29 min. Franco considers giving up admission to his dream school after he learns Arthur included his ethnicity on the application, despite Franco's desire to be accepted solely on the merits of his art. Jim Rash guest stars as Colgate Mathers.

  • 7. Homeless for the Holidays

    Original air date: 12/11/2017 Runtime: 21:28 min.

    Original air date: 12/11/2017 Runtime: 21:28 min. In the spirit of the season, Franco convinces Arthur and the rest of the gang to help John (guest star Keith David), a homeless man who falls ill at the donut shop, get back on his feet. Also, Tush and Sweatpants compete to be the more popular Santa.

  • 8. Electile Dysfunction

    Original air date: 12/18/2017 Runtime: 21:27 min.

    Original air date: 12/18/2017 Runtime: 21:27 min. When Arthur suddenly decides to run against Fawz in a local election, his campaign manager, Franco, tries to help his boss bring home a win. Also, Tush and Randy realize they crossed paths long before the donut shop, and the encounter was hardly sweet.

  • 9. Sofia's Choice

    Original air date: 01/15/2018 Runtime: 21:34 min.

    Original air date: 01/15/2018 Runtime: 21:34 min. An admission from Franco and Sofia on the eve of her first big catering gig shocks Arthur and the gang. Also, Randy and Tush take temp jobs as security guards, leading to an unexpected revelation about Fawz.

  • 10. Labor Pains

    Original air date: 01/22/2018 Runtime: 21:28 min.

    Original air date: 01/22/2018 Runtime: 21:28 min. Faced with art school expenses, Franco gives Sweatpants a choice: find a job to help pay their rent or find a new place to live. Also, Tush and Fawz go to great lengths to help Randy build a social media presence that will inspire envy in her ex.

  • 11. Grades of Wrath

    Original air date: 01/29/2018 Runtime: 21:24 min.

    Original air date: 01/29/2018 Runtime: 21:24 min. Convinced his first art-school assignment is a masterpiece, Franco is shocked when he receives a below-average grade and his unimpressed professor asks for a do-over. Also, Arthur becomes determined to discover the true identity of the customer who dared give his shop's coffee a negative online review.

  • 12. Always Bet on Black

    Original air date: 02/05/2018 Runtime: 21:29 min.

    Original air date: 02/05/2018 Runtime: 21:29 min. Frustrated by Fawz's willingness to exploit Black History Month to make a buck, Franco invites Wheels Langdon (Bill Cobbs), a former Negro League baseball player, to the shop to share his unsung story. Also, a suspicious Randy decides to investigate a mysterious woman Tush meets through an online dating site.

  • 13. Father, Son, and Holy Goats

    Original air date: 02/26/2018 Runtime: 21:29 min.

    Original air date: 02/26/2018 Runtime: 21:29 min. When Arthur hires Fawz's son, Abe, at the shop, Franco encourages the aspiring DJ to skip college and follow his dream – even though that's Fawz's worst nightmare. Also, Sofia must contend with unruly goats and other unexpected challenges while organizing the Uptown Winter Carnival, her first big event as the business council's new president.

  • 14. High Class Problems

    Original air date: 03/05/2018 Runtime: 21:29 min.

    Original air date: 03/05/2018 Runtime: 21:29 min. When Franco discovers his new girlfriend, Tavi (Shamikah Martinez), is rich, he begins to wonder if she’s only dating him to make herself look more progressive. Also, Arthur significantly raises the price of his donuts to help pay for a new boat motor and winds up attracting the hipster crowd he once rejected – and alienating loyal customers like Randy and Tush.

  • 15. The Chicago Way

    Original air date: 03/19/2018 Runtime: 21:28 min.

    Original air date: 03/19/2018 Runtime: 21:28 min. Randy, who just passed the detective’s exam, is asked by her former supervisor, Ted (guest star Christopher McDonald), to talk to a female rookie who has filed a sexual harassment complaint against him. Also, Arthur’s usual arrangement with a city health inspector to ignore violations in the shop goes awry when a new by-the-book inspector shows up.

  • 16. Friends Without Benefits

    Original air date: 03/26/2018 Runtime: 21:28 min.

    Original air date: 03/26/2018 Runtime: 21:28 min. Franco's girlfriend, Tavi (Shamikah Martinez), begins to wonder if he still has feelings for Sofia when he turns to her for advice. Also, Fawz dons a disguise and goes undercover to try and catch the culprit who's been stealing from one of his restaurants.

  • 17. Balls and Streaks

    Original air date: 04/09/2018 Runtime: 21:24 min.

    Original air date: 04/09/2018 Runtime: 21:24 min. Arthur, a Cubs super-fan, is determined to break the consecutive attendance record for Opening Day games, but when he finds himself without a ticket, he’s left scrambling for a way into Wrigley Field for the first time in 43 years. Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell guest stars as himself.

  • 18. Pedal to the Meddle

    Original air date: 04/16/2018 Runtime: 20:38 min.

    Original air date: 04/16/2018 Runtime: 20:38 min. Arthur’s offer to teach Franco to drive hits a speed bump when a cop catches Arthur with an expired license. Also, Tush prepares to attend a princely wedding for his friend Harry.

  • 19. The ICEMan Cometh

    Original air date: 04/30/2018 Runtime: 21:28 min.

    Original air date: 04/30/2018 Runtime: 21:28 min. With U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducting raids in Uptown, Sofia turns to Franco for help hiding her undocumented brother, Rafael (Erik Rivera), who faces deportation to Colombia. Also, Tush decides it’s time to give up his daily sugar rush.

  • 20. Broken Art

    Original air date: 05/07/2018 Runtime: 21:29 min.

    Original air date: 05/07/2018 Runtime: 21:29 min. Fresh off making the Dean’s List, Franco decides to apply for a prestigious art fellowship, but in order to win a semester studying in Italy, he must compete with his girlfriend, Tavi (Shamikah Martinez). Also, Randy gets more than she bargains for when she hires Tush as her personal assistant.

  • 21. Donut Day Afternoon

    Original air date: 05/14/2018 Runtime: 21:29 min.

    Original air date: 05/14/2018 Runtime: 21:29 min. An armed robbery at the donut shop prompts Arthur, Franco and Sofia to make life-changing decisions about their futures.